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According to Dictionary.com, a mythology is “a body of myths, as that of a particular people or that relating to a particular person“.
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Mythology is interesting, and I’m sure you’ve heard of some before. Even now, there are a lot of stories (either short stories or novels or otherwise) and movies/cartoons that use mythology as their plot. For example:
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  • In movies such as Disney’s Hercules, which is based on Greek mythology.
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  • In computer games such as Age of Mythology (even the name has it xP).
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  • In video games such as Okami (PS2, which has all kinds of stories relating to Japanese mythology).
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  • In Japanese manga/anime such as Spirited Away and Inuyasha (seriously!).
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And, of course, our topic today: Valkyrie Profile, which is based on Norse mythology!
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Valkyrie Profile was originally a game on the PSX, first released in 1999 (Japan), and later a manga adaption with the same name was released (no idea when O_o).
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Here’s a short (self-written) summary of the storyline:

Ragnarok, the end of the world, is approaching. Odin, the king of the gods, sent Lenneth Valkyrie, the Battle Maiden, to the land of mortals to collect the souls of human warriors to fight for the gods. All seems to be fine, until Lenneth meets a man who stirs unknown memories inside her, which leads to a series of unpredicted events. And the land of the gods is not as peaceful as it seems, for a plotted betrayal lies within.
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Or something like that. xP
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Valkyrie Profile’s story in both the game and manga are about the same, though because the manga only has 12 chapters, I find that the story is a little rushed. =(

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Some pictures from the original game: [Source]

Valkyrie Profile PSX screenshot Valkyrie Profile PSX screenshot 2

Valkyrie Profile PSX screenshot 3 Valkyrie Profile PSX screenshot 4

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Some pictures from the PSP remake: [Source]

Valkyrie Profile PSP screenshot Valkyrie Profile PSP screenshot 2

Valkyrie Profile PSP screenshot 3 Valkyrie Profile PSP screenshot 4

^ Don’t ask me why this is in Japanese?!!

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Cover page of the manga: [Source]

Valkyrie Profile manga cover

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Some external links for more info:

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Don’t all the pictures and info make you want to play the game or read the manga now? xP

Now I wanna play the PSP remake!

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~Estrelita Farr, signing out!

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Haven’t written here in a while… too busy being ill. xP
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And so, here’s the story today: a manga called Blue Dragon: Ral Grado!
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Note: Manga = comic
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Blue Dragon: Ral Grado
(You can read it here: OneManga.com)
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.Ral Grado

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Ooh, doesn’t the artwork look familiar? Yes, it’s done by the artist of Death Note and Hikaru no Go manga, Takeshi Obata!!
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And don’t forget the writer, Tsuneo Takano. =D

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Summary of the story:
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Basically, there are two worlds; the world of light (where we humans reside) and the world of darkness (where the Shadows reside). Shadows are demonic creatures of darkness, born with no solid body, and due to the desire beauty of their queen, Bira (also known as Obscuria/Opscuria), most of the Shadows have emerged from their world of darkness and, upon “eating” the creatures of light (humans, animals, etc), they are able to materialise into physical forms in the world of light.
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Ral is a 15-year-old-boy, locked in a completely dark prison since infancy because he has the Shadow called Grado (in the shape of a Blue Dragon) inside him. Shadows cannot emerge in complete darkness (they need light to get shadows).
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Now, one day, when the kingdom of Sphaelite was caught in a losing defense against Shadows, its leader decided to release Ral to help them protect the city, after Mio, Ral’s tutor, convinced everyone that Ral can control the Blue Dragon, Grado.
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After that, he set out to defeat the Shadow queen Bira, to bring the world of darkness back to its original state, and he meets many people who will be his comrades.

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Read it! It’s great! =D
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It actually reminds me of the Breath of Fire game series, because of the Dragon. xP
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Though the protagonist’s a bit too perverted for my taste. O_o

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~Estrelita Farr, signing out!

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